The Yorkshire pubs recognised by CAMRA for serving great beer over the last 50 years

Two pubs in Yorkshire have been handed the Campaign For Real Ale's Golden Award, which marks 50 years of the organisation's campaigns.

The Corn Dolly, in Bradford
The Corn Dolly, in Bradford

Known as CAMRA the organisation is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is awarding pubs who have helped its campaigns over the year with the title.

Two pubs in Yorkshire have been given the award, and they're both in Bradford.

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The Corn Dolly has been described as a 'traditional freehouse' and has featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for more than 30 years, while the Fighting Cock has won a number of awards and is also regularly named in the guide. CAMRA said it "consistently pours great pints".

Peter Down, acting chairman for CAMRA’s Bradford branch, said: “To have two pubs within the Bradford Branch area being recognised as part of CAMRA’s Golden Awards for their long-standing support of the Campaign and real ale is fantastic news. The Corn Dolly and Fighting Cock are both long-running, traditional freehouses known for serving a good range of quality real ales, both establishments were supporting real ale long before the current explosion in the scene and are well-known within Bradford and beyond.

“These awards are just recognition for the hard-work and dedication that the respective publicans and their staff have put in over many years.”

CAMRA’s awards director Gary Timmins said: “I am delighted to be honouring these pubs today with a CAMRA Golden Award. 2021 is our anniversary year, and we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the successes of great British locals as well as CAMRA’s achievements – we wouldn’t have got far without their support!

“This anniversary comes on the heels of an incredibly difficult time for the industry after a year of lockdowns and restrictions. I hope the teams behind the winning pubs and their locals will take this award as appreciation for all the hard work involved in running the pub, over the decades and especially now. Nominations were submitted by our members and consumers, which says a lot about the support and impact they have had.

“Winners have been chosen for their successes in standing the test of time; for being convivial, characterful and community-focused, and of course for consistently pouring great pints. I applaud these pubs for their dedication, for being community stalwarts and campaigning heroes.”

The full successful cohort contains 32 pubs, including five that have appeared in all 48 editions of the Good Beer Guide, the longest standing community-owned pub in the country, and the current Pub of the Year title holder. Nominations for the Golden Awards were made by CAMRA members and locals. Over 240 pubs submitted were whittled down to the list of awardees.